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The Master of Science in Vision Science is a research-based graduate degree. Research is a vital part of the ongoing development of the profession and is incorporated into the mission statement of SCCO. The program emphasizes hypothesis-driven research and the development of analytical skills in experimental optometry and vision science.

Each of the program tracks incorporates the development and presentation of seminars and formal lectures in specific courses to develop the students’ skills in scientific presentations. Moreover, all degrees incorporate the design and conduct of an original research project, a written thesis and defense of the thesis before a graduate committee.

The required coursework taken in the Master of Science in Vision Science program provides the student with an in-depth understanding of vision science principles and concepts. The elective coursework further emphasizes the specific sub-discipline that is of interest to the student. The research undertaken in fulfillment of the Master of Science degree will provide new knowledge for the profession and train the student in the conduct of sound research. Thus, the background in the required and elective coursework combined with the research training prepares the student to enter a career as an educator and/or researcher. This career could be in an academic, institutional, corporate, or clinical setting.

Master of Science Degree Requirements

  • Completion of the curriculum requirements.

  • Completion of a minimum of 60 quarter-hours of graduate credit.

  • A cumulative graduate grade point average of at least 3.00.

  • Completion of the Master’s research requirement, successful defense of the Master’s thesis and submission of a final bound copy of the thesis. The paper must be of publication quality.